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Ruth Brooks

A Slow Passion

Hay Festival 2013, 

When BBC Radio 4’s Material World announced a search for the UK’s top amateur scientist, the winning experiment involved one of our humblest garden pests. Ruth Brooks asked the question: Do snails have a homing instinct? The Telegraph’s Louise Gray chairs.

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Anthony King

The Blunders of Our Governments

Hay Festival 2014, 

There are a handful of cock-ups that we remember all too well, from the Poll Tax to the Millennium Dome. However, the list is longer than most of us realize and it is growing. King explains why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

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Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Memory

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two novels explore the disturbance of the past. Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing is both a detective story and a haunting depiction of dementia. The characters in Murray’s Sugar Hall probe the secret history of a Forest of Dean mansion. Chaired by Sameer Rahim.

Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

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Lewis Pugh

21 Yaks and a Speedo

Hay Festival 2014, 
What does it feel like to stand on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo swimming costume? What kind of man dives into that freezing ocean and swims a full kilometre? And why? The intrepid environmentalist, endurance swimmer and inspirational UN Patron of the Oceans has swum as far north and as far south as a body can get, as well as on the earth's highest mountain. He's learned a few things about the extremes of human nature, and our fragile blue planet, along the way. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
Lewis Pugh

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Cressida Cowell

How To Train Your Dragon

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join the bestselling author-illustrator of the wildly popular How To Train Your Dragon series. Take behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of the new book Cressida is writing, learn some Dragonese and get the scoop on seeing book characters brought to life for the big screen.
7+ years
Cressida Cowell

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Daniel Dennett

Intuition Pumps: And Other Tools For Thinking

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers offers thinking tools built for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will. Chaired by AC Grayling.

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Maryam d'Abo and Hugh Hudson talk with Paul Broks

Rupture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actress suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2007. Her experience inspired a film by her husband, the director of Chariots of Fire, which gives hope to those who are isolated by a condition that is not seen and therefore often misunderstood. They talk to the neuropyschologist and author of Into The Silent Land. Chaired by David Gritten. The film plays several times on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bookshop Cinema in Hay. See also 221, 231, 243, 278, 376 and 434 for screenings.

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Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

Suggs

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Matt Whyman and James Dawson

FRIGHTFEST

Hay Festival 2014, 

In The Savages and sequel American Savage, Matt Whyman introduces readers to a family with VERY particular eating habits, while in Say Her Name, James Dawson dares to summon Bloody Mary from beyond the grave. Find out how to be funny and scary at the same time.
12+ years (YA)

Matt Whyman and James Dawson

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Maleiha Malik

Now and Then

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer and academic explores Anti-Muslim Prejudice in the West – Past and Present.
Maleiha Malik

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Mark Borkowski and Marina Hyde talk to Paul Blezard

Hype and Glory

Hay Festival 2009, 
PR Guru and author of The Fame Formula: How Hollywood’s Fixers, Fakers and Star Makers Created the Celebrity Industry meets superstar columnist, author of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy.

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John Challis talks to Peter Burden

Being Boycie

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor’s life, as lived to the full by the inimitable Only Fools and Horses star.

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Talal Husseini and Nahla Chahal in conversation with Dalal Al Bizri

PEN Centre Lebanon: Writing In A Sectarian Society

Beirut 2013, 

What is the role of the writer in a deeply divided sectarian society? How does the writer ‘speak truth to power’ in such a society? And how does he or she contribute to the transformation of consciousness? How can writers exit their individualities and enter into a larger national space?

Event in Arabic

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Serena Sutcliffe en conversación con Montserrat Domínguez

Segovia 2009, 
Serena Sutcliffe, Master of Wine y experta en vinos españoles, conversará con la periodista Montserrat Domínguez. Presentado por Silvia Clemente Municio, Consejera de Agricultura y Ganadería de la Junta de Castilla y León.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Martin Jacques

LSE Lecture: When China Rules The World

Hay Festival 2009, 
We have barely begun to understand what life will be like when China rules the world. Martin Jacques explores how we are moving into an era of contested modernity, and how China's re-emergence as a global power will confront the West with the idea that its systems, institutions and values are no longer the only ones on offer. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.
 

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Jane Davidson AM

Sustainable Development Charter

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing launches the Welsh Assembly Government’s charter to encourage organisations in Wales to put sustainable development at the heart of their operations. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Philip Wilcocks, Tom MacSweeney, John Gould, Julian Lewis, Christopher Lee and Bil Loth

Island Race

Hay Festival 2011, 
Maritime experts and Navy top brass discuss the most urgent issues around the threat to the marine environment of deepwater drilling, the fisheries crisis, climate change, trade safety and piracy.

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Robert Macfarlane

Cambridge Series 3 - The Old Ways

Hay Festival 2012, 
Macfarlane sets off to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drovers’ roads and seas paths that form part of a vast network of routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to continents beyond.
 

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Martin Rees

The Limits of Science

Hay Festival 2012, 
Ethics and prudence set limits to how our scientific knowledge can be applied. And there are constraints on the amount of research we can afford. But are there some aspects of the universe, or of life, that we’ll never understand because they’re beyond human brains and that must await post-human intellects?
 

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Welcome To The Dark Side

Gemma Malley, Caroline Green, Phil Earle

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dystopian futures, weird science, war. It’s all here. Be challenged, engaged and entertained with three uncompromising writers for young adults – Gemma Malley, Caroline Green and Phil Earle.

The three writers talk about why we love the dark side of life – at least in our stories. What would happen if everything was really awful? It seems to be our favourite topic. And some really awful stuff happens in all these books… 

Gemma Malley’s dystopian trilogy began with the much praised The Killables and is followed by The Disappeared. Citizens of The City are graded according to how ‘Pure’ they are. Those labelled ‘K’ are deemed the most deviant and are never seen again… What happens to them, and what is happening beyond the perimeter of The City?

Caroline Green’s futuristic thriller, Cracks, was published to rave reviews. It has a very likeable protagonist whose whole past is beginning to look like fiction. Could he really be the subject of a weird scientific experiment? If he can’t even believe his own memories, what can he trust?

Phil Earle’s background working with troubled teens informed his novels Being Billy and Saving Daisy – stories of young people trying to cope with big problems in their lives which touched a chord with many readers. Heroic is also a tale of troubled lives, but this time it is the lives of young soldiers fighting in Afghanistan that take centre stage, and the difficulties a family has to cope with when a much loved brother comes home a very different person to the one who left.

13+ years

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Steve Vaughan

Cardiff Series 3 - Size Matters - Responsible Innovation and New Technologies

Hay Festival 2012, 
We can now blur the borders not only of scientific disciplines but also of what might constitute life. Nanotechnology promises better, more effective medicines, and a revolution in materials. But the risks are only partly known and, with our current scientific expertise, only partly knowable. How should we regulate the introduction of nanomaterials to the market?
 

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Hannah Critchlow

Cambridge Series 4: Explore Your Mind

Hay Festival 2016, 

Are you willing to venture into the depths of your brain? Dr Critchlow will shock your senses, read your mind and explore how current neuroscience is shaping how we see our lives. Suitable for intrepid adventurers of all ages.

Hannah Critchlow

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Gerald Scarfe

Monsters

Hay Festival 2009, 
The savage satirist celebrates 50 years of his political cartoons.

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Ian Edginton & Ian Culbard

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Hay Festival 2010, 
Staggeringly good graphic novel version of the Sherlock Holmes classic written by Conan Doyle just over the Wye at Baskerville Hall in Clyro.

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Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist revisits his classic Great War novel, first published in 1993. He describes the genesis, research and resonance of the book. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

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